“It’s personal.” “I don’t think anything in life is absolute.” “No regrets.” “If it’s not hurting an individual, it’s not really wrong.” “It depends on the situation.” “Like if it’s something your boss tells you to do, they want it done that way, that makes it what you should do.” “Nothing really is coming to mind. I haven’t had too many really huge moral dilemmas that I’ve had to navigate through in my lifetime.” These are all quotes from emerging adults (age 18-23) taken from Christian Smith’s book Lost in Transition. Lost indeed…

The breadth of your worldview needs to be matched and even exceeded by the depth, especially when it comes to the big questions in life. The key to turning your worldview into a source of strength for you, lies in your willingness to do your own research and struggle through the bias that has crept in through your limited lens and experiences. Few do the work.

Slow down and think for yourself. How conscious is your worldview? How strongly does it guide your behavior? How do you repair when your behavior is out of alignment with your belief? Have you authored your own or do you merely parrot the thoughts of another?

Your worldview, remember, is like your transverse abdominis muscles are to your physical core; holding you tightly together. Assuming you’ve built it strong enough to do so. Have you done the work, friend? Is your figurative CORE a source of strength and capable of holding Y.O.U. together in your moments of truth? Are you lost in transition, coronacraziness, cancer diagnosis, or any other adversity placed squarely in your way? Are you lost or have you found yourself? Lost or found. Chronic pain or acute. You are choosing. Are you choosing wisely?

Live hard. Love harder…

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